ST MIRREN manager Jack Ross has conceded he will need to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window to put Saints in a good position to challenge for promotion this season.

Ross secured the bulk of his signings prior to the Buddies returning to pre-season training in June. But since then he has been left frustrated with further additions now dependant on players leaving the Paisley club.

The manager admitted his squad will need further reinforcements if the Saints are to challenge at the top end of the Championship this term.

He said: “I still think we are one or two short in terms of the whole squad, in terms of the quality within it to challenge where we want to challenge.

“At the moment it is very much dependant on being able to shuffle things around, which is a bit frustrating but it is part of the job.

“We’ll see how things develop over the next week or two, we still have a good amount of time before the window shuts as well and things can change very quickly.”

However players will not have to be moved on to accommodate the arrival of defender Harry Davis.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a successful, albeit brief, loan spell at St Mirren in the second half of last season. His time in Paisley was cut short when he suffered a dislocated kneecap in March and he has since been released by Crewe Alexandria.

Ross has pursued the centre back throughout the summer and Davis was at the Paisley 2021 Stadium for Saints Betfred Cup tie with Livingston on July 18. He met with Ross and club officials the next day for contract talks and his move to St Mirren is expected to be confirmed this week.

Ross said: “It’s still ongoing, hopefully this week we’ll be able to clarify things one way or another with Harry’s situation.”